Profit Motive, Exchange Rates and Repayment Schedules

 

What is your Profit Model? 

Did you know Facebook spent 150 million dollars before getting started? And then they lined up their advertizers?    LinkedIn uses what economists refer to as a freemium model, where the basic service is free but premium services are available at a charge.   As consumers, we know there are a host of profit models with the “caveat emptor” located in the fine print. 

Jesus asked, “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”  (cf. Matthew 16:26)   Jesus isn’t against profit but He is warning us about the devil’s promise, Remember Matthew 4:8?  (cf. The devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”).    If your profit model doesn’t start with God’s commands, what does it matter? 

What is your Exchange Rate?

If I sell my one dollar of US currency, I’ll get 7.04 Chinese Yuan.   Even though I have an MBA, currency manipulation isn’t easy to explain because of crazy number of factors.

God’s exchange rate is much more cut and dry.

Jesus asks,  “What can one give in exchange for his life?”   Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth?   Or what about an IQ like Christopher Hirata ( IQ=225)?  Recently, Forbes named Xi Jinping, General Secretary of China as its most powerful man.     Or is it the favor of man?  In today’s politically charged world, is it worth “denying Jesus” in order to gain a platform?  Interestingly, footballer Christiano Ronaldo has the biggest Instagram following.  Never heard of him.  And if Christiano has not exchanged his life for Jesus, neither will God.

What is God’s repayment plan? 

Which company is the best?  Charles Schwab or Fidelity? Ask somebody who is an expert.  For sure its not me.

God’s repayment plan is spelled out in today’s Gospel: “For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,   and then he will repay each according to his conduct.”

The Apostle Paul underlines Jesus promise in  Romans 2:6 saying,  God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”  Vengeance and Rewards are God’s business.

When it comes to God’s repayment plan, it’s OK to listen to your guru but stick to “it is written.”

Author: gbradepp

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